Animal Collective

American musical group

Animal Collective is a band originally from Baltimore, Maryland, but are now based in New York City. Animal Collective consists of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin, also spelled as Deacon or Deaken (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz).

Animal Collective
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Animal Collective at the Seaport Music Festival at The Seaport, New York City, on June 1, 2007. David Portner & Noah Lennox (right).
Background information
OriginBaltimore, Maryland, United States
GenresNeo-psychedelia, Experimental music, Indie rock, Freak folk
Years active1999–present
LabelsAnimal, Catsup Plate, St. Ives, Paw Tracks, Fat Cat, Domino
Associated actsPanda Bear, Vashti Bunyan, Avey Tare & Kría Brekkan, Jane, Terrestrial Tones, Together
MembersDavid Portner (Avey Tare)
Noah Lennox (Panda Bear)
Brian Weitz (Geologist)
Josh Dibb (Deakin)


  • Avey Tare (David Portner; vocals, guitar, samples, keyboard instruments, percussion) – Name comes from "tearing" apart the name David to make Avey Tare.[1]
  • Deakin (Josh Dibb; synthesizer, guitar, vocals) – Name comes from letters he used to write to other members under the name Conrad Deacon. He has used different spellings of the name on different albums: Having been absent from the band's tours since early 2007, he began a solo tour in 2010 (using the spelling "Deakin" at the request of fellow Baltimorean musician Dan Deacon, in order to avoid confusion.)
  • Geologist (Brian Weitz; electronics, samples, vocals) – Name comes from the headlamp he wears in order to see the electronics during live shows.[2] Someone mistakenly thought Brian studied geology in college; however, he studied marine biology.[1]
  • Panda Bear (Noah Lennox; vocals, percussion, samples, guitar) – Name comes from the panda he drew on the first set of songs he ever wrote.[3]

Studio AlbumsEdit

  • Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished (August 2000)
  • Danse Manatee (July 2001)
  • Campfire Songs (album)|Campfire Songs (March, 2003)
  • Here Comes the Indian (June 17, 2003)
  • Sung Tongs (May 3, 2004)
  • Feels (October 18, 2005)
  • Strawberry Jam (September 10, 2007)
  • Merriweather Post Pavilion (January 20, 2009)
  • Centipede Hz (January, 2012)
  • Painting With (February, 2016)


  • Prospect Hummer (May 24, 2005)
  • People (October 23, 2006)
  • Water Curses (May 6, 2008)
  • Fall Be Kind (November 23, 2009)

Visual AlbumsEdit

  • ODDSAC (January 2010)

Live AlbumsEdit

  • Hollinndagain (2002)
  • Animal Crack Box (May 11, 2009)
  • Live at 9:30 (September 14, 2015)


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-06-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. Explained on WNYC's "Spinning On Air," July 30, 2004, second hour.
  3. Interview Archived 2009-03-09 at the Wayback Machine, The Milk Factory, March 2005.

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